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NHTSA 05-98
February 8, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550


General Motors Corporation

Models: Chevrolet Cavalier Years: 1996-1997

Pontiac Sunfire Years: 1996-1997

Number Involved: 27,083

Dates of Manufacture: June 1996 - March 1997

Defect: One of the rear suspension trailing arm bolts can fatigue and break. If this were to occur while the vehicle is in motion, a loss of vehicle control could occur, increasing the risk of a crash.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the rear suspension trailing arm fasteners. Owner notification was to begin during January 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.

[NHTSA Recall No. 98V319/ Recall No. 98063]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.